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By Lonnie Wheatley

TULSA, Okla. (July 11, 2011) – Action continues for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP as the series moves on to the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, MI, this Saturday night.

A regular fixture on the SOD trail since 1980, Saturday marks the second of three series events at Crystal Motor Speedway in 2011.

Dustin Daggett kicked off the 2011 ASCS SOD season with his ninth consecutive Crystal triumph, extending his run of Crystal mastery to 11 wins in the last 13 Crystal events.

Daggett has since added three more series wins to amass a hefty 366 point lead over defending series champion Ryan Grubaugh, who picked off a win at Cherry Raceway on June 17.

Daggett added his fourth win of the year and 80th of his SOD career this past Friday night at Mount Pleasant before two-time series champ Brett Mann beat Daggett to the line Saturday night at Owendale.

While Daggett holds the current points lead over Grubaugh, the rest of the top ten includes Brett Mann, Robert Huisken, Davey Brown, Jim Lingar, Matt Lumbert, Joe Bares, Kirk Cheney and Marques Huffer.

Saturday’s action at Crystal Motor Speedway is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Crystal Motor Speedway is located in Crystal, MI, 5.5 miles north of SR 57 on Crystal Road, then east on Sidney. For more information, contact the track at 989-235-5200.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP is in its 32nd season of competition. Twenty-seven races are on the calendar scheduled at 13 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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From Mike Strevel

OWENDALE, Mich. (July 9, 2011) – On a hot Saturday evening at Owendale Speedway, Brett Mann took the checkered flag for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP main event at the racy 1/4 mile oval.

A nice field of 15 winged sprint cars made the first of two appearances for the 2011 season at the fast Michigan oval.

Mann, from Goshen, IN, started outside front row and lead all 25 laps of the main event. There were only a couple of yellow flags including one involving pole sitter Davey Brown half-way through the main event. An incredible battle developed late in the race when Dustin Daggett made several attempts to pass Mann, only to have each attempt halted by excellent defensive driving by the feature winner. The veteran racer was able to capture the $1,200 first prize in exciting fashion after those challenges.

“It’s great coming here and putting on a show for these great fans,” Mann commented. “It feels great to get back into victory lane.”

The winner of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP feature thanked his fine sponsors including Biobased US, car owners Don and SueEllen Wilshe, Hoosier Tire and Lane Automotive.

The top ten finishers of the exciting feature race for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were Mann, Daggett, Dain Naida, Gary Fast, Andy Chehowski, Robert Huisken, Chris Pobanz, Kirk Cheney, Jim Goetgeluck and Marques Huffer.

Heat race wins were captured by Daggett and Mann. The fast car dash went to Matt Lumbert.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Results-
Saturday July 9, 2011
Owendale Speedway, Owendale MI
Car Count (15)

Heat Races (Top 16 in passing points transfer to the “A” Feature)

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. 2m Dustin Daggett, 2. 07x Dain Naida, 3. 55 Kirk Cheney, 4. 89 Chris Pobanz, 5. 21 Matt Lumbert, 6. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 7. 29s Marques Huffer 8. 20a Andy Chehowski.

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 19s Brett Mann, 2.14 Gary Fast, 3. 46 Robert Huisken, 4. 10 Davey Brown, 5. 41 Jim Goetgeluck, 6. 70 Jim Lingar, 7. 2t Ralph Brakenberry.

Gaerte Engines Fast Car Dash (4 Laps): 1. 21 Matt Lumbert, 2. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 3. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 4. 70 Jim Lingar

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP “A” Feature

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 19s Brett Mann 2. 2m Dustin Daggett, 3. 07x Dain Naida, 4. 14 Gary Fast, 5. 20a Andy Chehowski, 6. 46 Robert Huisken, 7. 89 Chris Pobanz, 8. 55 Kirk Chaney, 9. 41 Jim Goetgeluck, 10. 29s Marques Huffer, 11. 70 Jim Lingar 12. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 13. 21 Matt Lumbert, 14. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 15. 10 Davey Brown.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Points (Top Ten): 1. Dustin Daggett 1,112, 2. Ryan Grubaugh 746, 3. Brett Mann 736, 4. Robert Huisken 735, 5. Davey Brown 666, 6. Jim Lingar 640, 7. Matt Lumbert 634, 8. Joe Bares 611, 9. Kirk Cheney 547, 10. Marques Huffer 546.

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From Mike Strevel

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (July 8, 2011) – On a beautiful Friday evening at Mt. Pleasant Speedway, Dustin Daggett took the checkered flag in front of a standing room only crowd for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP main event at the exciting 3/8 mile oval.

An excellent field of 23 winged sprint cars made the only appearance for the 2011 season at the fast northern Michigan oval for the Renegade Race Fuels sponsored event.

Daggett of Portland, MI, started in seventh position for the twenty five lap main event. There were several yellow flags in the main event including one on lap 17 for leader at that time Ryan Grubaugh which eliminated him from the feature.

An incredible battle had developed mid-race when 2010 champion Ryan Grubaugh was challenged by Daggett. After Grubaugh’s incident it was all Daggett with Mackey trying to make runs at the eventual winner but to no avail. Several battles developed throughout the field with Ken Mackey, Joe Bares, Ryan Ruhl and Andy Teunessen all fighting for positions in the later stages of the feature.

Daggett stated, “It’s great coming up here and putting on a show for these great fans.” The winner of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP feature thanked his fine sponsors including Miles Petroleum, Sweet Manufacturing, Glen’s Gas & Welding, Steve Winnie Auto Sales and Richardson Farms.

The top five finishers of the exciting feature race for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were Dustin Daggett, Ken Mackey, Ryan Ruhl, Josh Turner and Andy Teunessen.

Heat race wins were captured by Ryan Grubaugh, Josh Turner and Ryan Ruhl. The fast car dash went to Joe Bares.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Results-
Friday July 8, 2011
Mt Pleasant Speedway, Mt Pleasant MI

Heat Races (Top 16 in passing points transfer to the “A” Feature)

Engler Machine and Tool Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. 00 Ryan Grubaugh, 2. 10 Davey Brown, 3. 21t Troy Chehowski, 4. 31 Andy Teunessen, 5. 14 Gary Fast, 6. 70 Jim Lingar, 7. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 8. 89 Chris Pobanz.

Lane Automotive/Comp Cams Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. 4 Josh Turner, 2. 55 Kirk Cheney, 3. 22 Ben Rutan, 4. 91 Joe Bares, 5. 19 Brett Mann, 6. 61x Don Smith, 7. 20a Andy Chehowski, 8. 22t Tank Brakenberry.

ARP Fasteners Heat Race #3 (8 Laps): 1. 3w Ryan Ruhl, 2. 2m Dustin Daggett, 3. 25m Ken Mackey, 4. 88 Mike Daggett, 5. 73 Dusty Shriver, 6. 29s Marques Huffer, 7. 21 Matt Lumbert.

Gaerte Engines Fast Car Dash (4 Laps): 1. 91 Joe Bares, 2. 22 Ben Rutan, 3. 21t Troy Chehowski, 4. 19 Brett Mann.

B-Main (top 4 transfer)
1. 70 Jim Lingar, 2. 61x Don Smith, 3. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 4. 21 Matt Lumbert, 5. 29s Marques Huffer, 6. 22t Tank Brakenberry, 7. 89 Chris Pobanz.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP “A” Feature

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2m Dustin Daggett, 2. 25m Ken Mackey, 3. 3w Ryan Ruhl, 4. 4 Josh Turner, 5. 31 Andy Teunessen, 6. 91 Joe Bares, 7. 10 Davey Brown, 8. 88 Mike Daggett, 9. 55 Kirk Cheney, 10. 20a Andy Chehowski, 11. 73 Dusty Shriver, 12. 14 Gary Fast, 13. 00 Ryan Grubaugh, 14. 21 Matt Lumbert, 15. 22 Ben Rutan, 16. 21t Troy Chehowski, 17. 70 Jim Lingar, 18. 2t Ralph Brakenberry, 19. 19 Brett Mann, 20. 61x Don Smith.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP Points (Top Ten): 1. Dustin Daggett 970, 2. Ryan Grubaugh 746, 3. Robert Huisken 613, 4. Joe Bares 611, 5. Brett Mann 586, 6. Davey Brown 566, 7. Jim Lingar 532, 8. Matt Lumbert 530, 9. Jared Horstman 510, 10. Ryan Ruhl 496.

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By Lonnie Wheatley

TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2011) – Another pair of events are on tap for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP as the series fires back into action in Michigan this weekend.

On Friday night, the series makes its lone stop of the year at Mount Pleasant Speedway. Then, on Saturday night, it’s the first of two annually scheduled stops at Owendale Speedway.

Friday’s card at Mount Pleasant Speedway also marks Round Three of the MAHLE/Clevite Short Track Series.

With three triumphs in the initial six events of the season, all-time leading SOD feature winner Dustin Daggett of Portland, MI, is atop the series points charts with a healthy 178-point advantage over defending series champion Ryan Grubaugh of St. Johns, MI.

Robert Huisken (Marne, MI), Jared Horstman (Cloverdale, OH) and Brett Mann (Goshen, IN) round out the current top five in points, with the rest of the top ten including Joe Bares (Traverse City, MI), Gregg Dalman (Bellevue, MI), Davey Brown (Eaton Rapids, MI), Jim Lingar (South Bend, IN) and Matt Lumbert (Dowling, MI).

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt has only taken to the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Mount Pleasant Speedway once over the past five years, with Dustin Daggett reaching victory lane in June of 2009.

The semi-banked, ¼-mile Owendale Speedway dirt oval has been a fixture on the ASCS SOD slate in recent years, with Gregg Dalman and Dain Naida splitting last year’s wins after Brett Mann picked off wins in both 2008 and 2009.

Friday’s action at Mount Pleasant Speedway fires off at 7:45 p.m., while Saturday’s SOD portion of Owendale Speedway’s Super Race Day gets under way at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Mount Pleasant Speedway is located in Mount Pleasant, MI, ¼ mile west of US 27 on SR 20, then north on Isabella Road, then 0.3 miles west on River Road. For more information, contact the track at 989-773-2387.

Owendale Speedway is located 2.8 miles east of the flashing light in Owendale, MI, on Sebewaing Road. For more information, contact the track at 989-678-4447.

The 32nd year of competition for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP consists of 27 scheduled nights of action at 13 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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